TEMA requires home sourcing of telecom gears in security-sensitive areas

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4

The Telecom Equipment Manufacturing Association (TEMA) has written to the Central Government urging it to make use of solely domestically manufactured units to supply connectivity within the northeast and border areas in view of safety sensitivities.

Noting that the nationwide safety is of paramount significance, the TEMA stated the federal government ought to “immediately give directions to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)” to increase its protection space to unconnected areas significantly within the north-east, Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts and hilly areas.

The manufacturing affiliation’s push for “Make In India” and sourcing of domestically produced telecom tools has come amid heightened safety tensions round the usage of merchandise made by Chinese distributors like Huawei and ZTE.

In the letter, TEMA chairman Ravi Sharma stated: “National security has become the prime concern. Considering the sensitivity involved, it’s important that all unconnected areas in the northeast, Naxalite areas, border and hilly areas should immediately be connected with telecom networks. Keeping in mind the security concerns, it is high time that BSNL is asked to provide telecom connectivity to these areas on an urgent basis using ‘Make in India’ equipment only. Domestic telecom manufacturers are fully geared to supply equipment for these projects.”

The Bharat Net undertaking, which has funding plans of about Rs 40,000 crore, ought to instantly be granted to the BSNL for offering connectivity in delicate areas, it stated.

“Indian manufacturing sector is looking forward to supporting BSNL and Bharat Net in providing connectivity to unconnected areas. The immediate action of making this network by ‘Make In India’ will strengthen the domestic manufacturing sector by revenue of about Rs 20,000 crores,” stated TEMA vice-chairman Sandeep Aggarwal.

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